In advance of the forthcoming Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular which visits six cities across the UK during the May half term week from May 23rd, artwork has been released to capture the monsters and characters from Doctor Who, alongside the musicians taking part in the tour.
Paying homage to the classic Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album cover designed by Sir Peter Blake for The Beatles in 1967, the design features a range of characters, past and present, including the Fifth Doctor Peter Davison who will be presenting the Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular tour.
The line-up also features a range of fan favourites including the current and last three incarnations of the Doctor – Peter Capaldi, Matt Smith, David Tennant and Christopher Eccleston – as well as their respective companions. Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular‘s take on the iconic album cover also features a range of monsters from the show including the Daleks, Cybermen, Judoon and Dream Crabs.
Here’s a full guide to which monsters and characters are featured…
Murray Gold, who has scored the Doctor Who music since 2005 also features on the image, along with conductor Ben Foster, Welsh soprano Elin Manahan Thomas and a number of the members of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and BBC National Chorus of Wales taking part in the tour.
Kicking off England and Wales’ half term with a bang from Saturday May 23rd to Friday May 29th, the Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular celebrates the world’s longest running science fiction TV series with the evocative and thrilling music written by Murray Gold in a six-city stadium tour, featuring over 100 performers. The tour visits London, Cardiff, Birmingham, Leeds, Newcastle and finishes in Glasgow.
The Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular was first presented in Melbourne, Australia in February 2012. It went on to play a further nine performance run at the Sydney Opera House in December 2012 receiving praise from the Australian media and fans alike. The Herald Sun called the show “Evocative and thrilling in equal measure”, while the Sydney Morning Herald said: “The whole experience brought unalloyed pleasure that in some cases amounted to a religious rite”.
The show has continued to draw record figures in Australia and most recently thrilled over 34,000 fans across three cities in Australia and New Zealand at the beginning of 2014.
Tickets are on sale at: www.doctorwhosymphonicspectacular.com
UK 2015 Performance Information
- The SSE Arena, Wembley, London – Saturday 23rd May 2015 and Sunday 24 May 2015
- Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff – Monday 25th May 2015
- Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham – Tuesday 26th May 2015
- First Direct Arena, Leeds – Wednesday 27th May 2015
- Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle – Thursday 28th May 2015
- The SSE Hydro, Glasgow – Friday 29th May 2015
Times: 3.00pm afternoon matinee and 7.30pm evening performances (2.00pm on Sunday 24th May 2015 only). Suggested age: 6 years upwards (this recommendation is based on the nature and duration of the show; younger ticketholders will be admitted). All children must be accompanied by at least one adult. Running time: 2 hours (plus interval)
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Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Babylon 5 Magazine, and more. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War” and “Dan Dare”.
He’s the writer of “Pilgrim: Secrets and Lies” for B7 Comics; “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood.